Category Archives: iPhone Models

'Motorsport Manager' Review - Formula Racing for the Masses

When I sat down to try Motorsport Manager [$4.99], I thought it would be the perfect thing to poke at while listening to a podcast. After all, I wouldn’t be expected to drive the cars; I’d be running the biz and laying out the race strategy. A half-hour in, I realized I hadn’t absorbed a word, because I was so fully engaged in growing my fledgeling racing empire and watching my drivers tear up the track. It’s never overwhelming, nor is it too light to maintain interest. Motorsport Manager finds a nice spot in the complexity spectrum wherein it requires frequent decision-making, without ever inducing paralysis by presenting too many options simultaneously...

If the recent exhumation of the Sierra name (as a publishing imprint of Activision) incites a nostalgic impulse toward adventure in you, Bik - A Space Adventure [$1.99] should satiate. Even if relics like Space Quest are outside your experience, Bik offers an efficient, humorous jaunt punctuated by light puzzles that anyone can enjoy. Its ambitions are modest, but all the key elements work well enough, and they fit together to make a coherent, entertaining whole...

A noted designer returns to the genre that he helped define, and it's difficult not to judge the game against its heritage. Godus [Free] comes from 22cans, an outfit founded by Peter Molyneux, designer of seminal god games, such as Populous and Black & White; it is perhaps unfair to Godus, a crowdfunded free-to-play game, to consider it in such company. The sad reality is that Godus fares little better when judged on its own terms...

On the list of things I would never have guessed I'd be playing on my iPhone in 2014, a rhythm game from SNK based on the King of Fighters franchise has to rank pretty highly. I'm not going to question what led SNK to make their first new music game in over 13 years, but given how fondly I remember their last one, I'm glad to see them return to the genre, even if it's in quite a different form. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that most people haven't played SNK's Cool Cool Toon for the SEGA Dreamcast, given it was a fairly late Japan-only release, but if you have, The Rhythm of Fighters [$0.99] borrows heavily from it, along with a little inspiration from Theatrhythm Final Fantasy [Free]...

The soccer-themed new table for Zen Studios' Zen Pinball [Free], which was announced late last month, is now available to download from within the Zen Pinball app. The way the Super League Football table works is a bit different from the other DLC tables in the game. There are actually eight different versions for the table, seven that cover popular football clubs and an eighth that is for the fictional Zen Studios Football Club. These are all actually separate IAP tables, even though they are the same table layout for each. The difference between each is just the theme. So you'll need to choose your allegiance before picking one up, and then there's sort of a big online battle between all the various football club tables within the game...

Square-Enix gets a lot of flak about their various ports and remakes of their games. Whether it's graphical alterations, remixed soundtracks, translation changes, or added material, seemingly anything ends up being fodder for those who want to tell the company that they broke the game in question. I'm not going to say whether or not I feel people are justified in those complaints, but I think that anyone who plays Namco's latest port of Tales of Phantasia [Free] is going to walk away with some new perspective on what exactly breaking a game entails. What has happened here is more than a little gross, and while I have my issues with the original game, it did not deserve this little Frankenstein experiment gone wrong...

'YesSir' Review - A Decent Shot in the Dark

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January 23rd, 2014 7:19 PM EDT by Eric Ford in $1.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPhone Models, iPod touch games, Reviews, Strategy
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Gamers looking for a present-day take on classic turn-based artillery gameplay may be interested in the likes of YesSir [$1.99]. While it doesn’t have a killer feature like multiplayer, YesSir has plenty of maps, weapons and a difficulty curve that you’ll either tolerate or hate...

As a child I remember playing Galaxian several times. Each time I think I reached as far as a few levels in and then failed. It was a fun distraction but the arcade formula never struck a chord with me.  Understandably I approached Chillaxian [$1.99], by Madgarden, with caution. Can this part spiritual successor/part parody win me over on this classic genre?..

I accidently recommended the endearingly terrible World Of Aircraft , [Free] to a very good friend, and I kinda feel okay about it. I was...blinded by ambition. In an effort to make a good impression here at TouchArcade, I gobbled up World of Aircraft with gusto and told my friends about it sight-unseen. I should have figured something was fishy when noticing the release notes’ less than familiar association with spelling, grammar and punctuation marks. However, it is safe to say that World of Aircraft’s tutorial level is the most unintentionally hilarious use of the English language in a video game since “All your base are belong to us”. The icing on the cake? The Tommy Wiseau level enthusiasm for its misappropriated text...

Screen resolutions are getting a little bonkers. There's a lot. New iPad and iPad with Retina display both support retina; iPhone 5 rocks a wide-screen retina display; older phones and iPod touches support a mixture of retina standard high-resolution; And now there's the iPad mini screen, which sits in the middle. Its screen isn't retina level, but the pixel density is quite high considering...

One of the most high-profile and popular games on the entire App Store is Epic and Chair Entertainment's Infinity Blade II [$6.99], the sequel to 2010's gorgeous gesture-based sword fighting RPG. Unsurprisingly, Infinity Blade II was even more gorgeous than the original, and fleshed-out most of the mechanics from the first game to make for an even bigger and better experience. ..

Heads up: Temple Run Brave's [$1.99] latest update is a good one. Version 1.2 of the behind-the-back endless running game sees the introduction of a new Wisp token mechanic. As you're running, keep your eyes out for a Wisp token. When you get one, you'll be whisked to the newly added "spirit world" and tasked with collecting Wisps. If you grab enough, you'll be rewarded with a slow motion power-up that can be used in the core game. Which is a good thing. We need all the help we can get over here. ..

We've been diligently keeping tabs on which of our favorite games have been getting updated for the new 4-inch screens on the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod touch, and today we have another batch of games that have received just that. However, there have been so many games getting the widescreen treatment it hasn't really been possible to cover them all, and as such you might not have noticed if one of your own favorites has been updated...

Most everybody should be familiar with Tiny Wings [$0.99], developer Andreas Illiger's simple and beautiful endless runner that stole our hearts in February of last year and then went on to steal plenty of other hearts as it topped the iTunes charts for a long time afterwards. Over a year later, Andreas began to tease a new upcoming game which everyone was pretty certain would be a Tiny Wings sequel, but much to everyone's surprise and elation it was actually a massive 2.0 update to the original game which added significant new content and the long-awaited support for Retina Displays...

Here's Some Footage of 'Minigore 2: Zombies'

If you wanted to see Minigore 2: Zombies in action, we've got your back. Embedded below is another look at the follow-up in motion. The video, set in the same snowy field we showed you the other week, does a good job illustrating just how nuts this promises to be. Around 150 enemies can fill a screen at one time, and you'll be in charge of dismissing them all. Good luck!..

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